The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to sign catcher Mitch Canham, according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. It's unclear what the terms of the contract are at this point, but Canham presumably is receiving a minor league deal and will be sent to one of the team's minor league affiliates.
Picked by the San Diego Padres with the 57th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Canham could never quite make the adjustments in the upper minors. After hitting .285/.384/.434 in the hitter-friendly California League as a 23-year-old in 2008, his numbers dropped with a promotion to Double-A the following year.
Since then, Canham has continued to struggle in Double-A, never quite making the necessary progress to reach the majors. He spent last season split between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento in the Oakland Athletics organization, hitting a combined .233/.314/.283 in 53 games.
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